Helped our street grow stronger

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

Last year’s com­mu­nity garden of the year trans­formed its neigh­bour­hood in more ways than one.

Vol­un­teers at Tay View Com­mu­nity Garden turned a derelict in­ner-city site into an amaz­ing re­source.

The garden, over­look­ing the River Tay in Dundee, has cul­ti­vated ter­races where lo­cals grow fruit and veg. It has a pond and bio­di­ver­sity area stocked with in­ter­est­ing crea­tures by the chil­dren at nearby Wal­lace­town nurs­ery.

It is a teach­ing re­source for schools and pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists use it as a pleas­ant short­cut to avoid a dan­ger­ous junc­tion. The area has seen a re­duc­tion in lit­ter and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour be­cause of the project.

There is an or­chard, seat­ing and an art wall where graf­fiti artists and school chil­dren can paint. Gle­be­lands Pri­mary School even cre­ated a totem pole for it.

Stu­art Fair­weather, who en­tered Cul­ti­va­tion Street, said: “The im­pact is felt by all who pass through it.

“The gar­den­ers are a mixed bunch, grow­ing crops they use to cre­ate dishes from their own cul­tures to share.

“Fruit, veg, wildlife and art all come to­gether in this thriv­ing garden.”

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